Jane Lynch Demands Trump Coronavirus Briefings Taken Off Air: ‘Please, Please'
Actress joins liberals in demanding news outlets stop airing president
Actress Jane Lynch has joined a growing number of liberals demanding news organizations discontinue airing White House press briefings from President Donald Trump on the China-originated coronavirus or COVID-19.
Lynch pleaded in a tweet:
“Please stop covering Trump’s briefing/rallies."
CNN's Don Lemon also demanded his network discontinue airing President Donald Trump's daily coronavirus briefings because they've become his "new rallies."
"I think we should run snippets. I think we should do it afterward and get the pertinent points to the American people because he's never, ever going to tell you the truth," Lemon said.
CNN recently cut away during a Trump presser on Monday while Trump announced “My Pillow” CEO Mike Lindell would be producing 50,000 N95 masks a day.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also demanded the daily coronavirus briefings to be pulled off the air.
"If he keeps lying like he has been every day on stuff this important, we should -- all of us – should stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s going to cost lives," Maddow said.
Additionally, The New York Times also floated the idea of refusing to air the vital Trump briefings, citing “misinformation.”
Anchor Ted Koppel suggested Trump and medical professionals alongside him need to be fact-checked live.
“Training a camera on a live event, and just letting it play out, is technology, not journalism; journalism requires editing and context,” Koppel said in an email to the Times.
“I recognize that presidential utterances occupy a unique category. Within that category, however, President Trump has created a special compartment all his own.”
Please stop covering Trump’s briefing/rallies. Please. Please.— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) March 30, 2020
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“The question, clearly, is whether his status as president of the United States obliges us to broadcast his every briefing live,” he added.
“No. No more so than you at The Times should be obliged to provide your readers with a daily, verbatim account.”
Last week, the White House blasted CNN and MSNBC for cutting away from the Trump administration's daily coronavirus task force briefing, describing the actions of the news outlets as "disgraceful."
White House spokesman Judd Deere tweeted:
"Pretty disgraceful that @CNN and @MSNBC have both cut away from this @WhiteHouse briefing with @realDonaldTrump and @Mike_Pence during a global pandemic. Thank you to @FoxNews for keeping Americans informed. #COVID19."
Lynch is known for her anti-Trump outbursts.
In 2016, the actress called Trump a “bully.”
“That whole ‘I can do this, and I can do that. And we’re gonna destroy this, and we’re gonna destroy that.’ And then he gets all of these people going ‘Yeah! Yeah,'” she said, adding that Americans want to “hang out with the bully.”
“They see the bully on the playground who’s saying ‘I’m gonna make sure nobody kicks your (expletive),'” Lynch added.